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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It takes more than villages to keep mothers safe

Just before her baby was born, Rosibel Barreta Gomez, 31, stayed at a casa materna in La Dalia, Nicaragua. Throughout the country, the Red Nacional de Casas Maternas (Maternity Homes National Network) offers rural mothers medical checkups, food, education and a temporary place to stay near a hospital where they can give birth safely.